Courage and Conversation
Co-designer Gloria, a Fine Arts major with a specialization in Oil Painting, was similarly inspired by the courage of the women depicted.
“Someone like Bree (Newsome) reminds me to believe in the power of courage,” Gloria says. “If we can feel that deeply about what we believe in, so deeply that we are committed to do something about the injustices we see around us, perhaps we too can be just as brave.”
Gloria was introduced to the project when Kathryn Shields, Associate Professor of Art, encouraged her to get involved.
“I’m glad members of the Guilford College community have been supportive of the Greensboro Mural Project,” Gloria says. “It’s great to be able to continue to connect with Guildford alums and the community. I had instructors genuinely interested in my education and professional goals. I appreciate them for that.”
Gloria says that art, especially in public spaces, fosters a sense of community as well as an opportunity for dialog.
“To me, that’s what visual art does,” she explains, “I hope this art encourages people to see and feel the value of what community means. The mural at People’s Perk was completed as a collective. I value and appreciate each person that came together to make this mural happen.”
Are you interested in using your passion for art to create change in the world? Learn more about the Guilford College Art Department, along with the other majors and minors featured in this article, on the Departments and Centers page.